Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 252–260 | Cite as

Diminished concentration of the NF-H subunit of neurofilaments in cerebral cortex of rats chronically treated with proline, methylmalonate and phenylalanine plus α-methylphenylalanine

  • M. A. Rubin
  • C. M. D. Wannmacher
  • G. B. Valente
  • M. M. Camargo
  • R. P. Pureur
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Summary

Wistar rats from the same litter were randomly divided into four groups and received subcutaneously from the 6th to 28th daypost partum one of the following drugs:l-proline, methylmalonate,l-phenylalanine plus α-methylphenylalanine, or equivalent volumes of 0.9% (w/v) saline (controls). On day 30, the animals were killed, the brain was removed and the cerebral cortex and cerebellum was immediately dissected.

Total intermediate filament fraction (IF) was obtained from cerebral cortex and cerebellum by using a high-salt phosphate-buffered solution supplemented by 1% Triton X-100. The pellet contained the bulk of the IF proteins. Following SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, these proteins were identified as the 200, 150 and 68 kD subunits of neurofilaments (NF-H, NF-M and NF-L, respectively), the 66 kDa associated protein, the 57 kDa intermediate filament-like protein and the 52 kDa glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP). They were further scanned through densitometry from enriched fractions of controls and of animals treated with the various drugs in order to determine the effects of the treatments on their concentration. Our results showed that the concentration of IF protein in cerebellum was not affected by the treatments, whereas chronic administration of all drugs significantly decreased NF-H subunit concentration in rat cerebral cortex.

Keywords

Proline Cerebral Cortex Phenylalanine Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein Chronic Administration 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. A. Rubin
    • 1
  • C. M. D. Wannmacher
    • 1
  • G. B. Valente
    • 1
  • M. M. Camargo
    • 1
  • R. P. Pureur
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Bioquimica, Instituto de BiociênciasUFRGSPorto Alegre - RSBrasil

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